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October 2014

Wayne State technology licensed by RetroSense Therapeutics gets “green light” for orphan drug designation for retinitis pigmentosa treatment
DETROIT - Technology to restore vision through the use of a component of green algae developed by Zhuo-Hua Pan, Ph.D., scientific director of the Ligon Research Center of Vision at the Kresge Eye...
Wayne State research funded by NIH may develop next generation of vaccines against autoimmune diseases
DETROIT - A major barrier to treating autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes is the lack of methods to deliver the therapeutics to specific sites such as the lymph nodes. A researcher in Wayne...
Wayne State researcher receives Komen funding for Graduate Training in Breast Cancer Disparities Research program
Michele Cote, Ph.D., M.P.H., member of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and associate professor in the Department of Oncology at...
Institute of Gerontology director briefs Congress on seniors and fraud
DETROIT - Peter Lichtenberg, director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, will brief members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Oct. 23 about the susceptibility...
WSU researcher finds key signaling pathway in cause of preeclampsia
A team of researchers led by a Wayne State University School of Medicine associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology has published findings that provide novel insight into the cause of...
National Institutes of Health awards Detroit colleges $21.2 million to improve student diversity in biomedical research
A consortium of Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University has been awarded $21.2 million over five years by the National...
Wayne State study may lead to use of smart phones to assist in stress management programs in the workplace
DETROIT – Although studies of the health effects of stress have been published for years, few have examined how chronic and momentary — or acute — stress influences health while...
Belle Isle: Wayne State on the front line in the battle against invasive species
DETROIT – Battle lines in the fight against invasive species have been drawn on Belle Isle, Michigan’s newest state park. The war against them is moving in full force — and the...
Wayne State’s inaugural Innovation Fellows Program discovers potential new startup company opportunities
DETROIT - Wayne State University's Innovation Fellows Program is cultivating the next generation of chief scientific officers and entrepreneurial scientists for local high-tech industry. The program...
School of Medicine professor one of NIH Common Fund’s 2014 High-Risk, High-Reward research awardees
DETROIT - Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher Leonard Lipovich, Ph.D., will receive one of 85 grants announced today for scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major...

September 2014

Wayne State research aims to develop new, more efficient catalytic materials
DETROIT - In order to support the world's needs to make cheaper and more effective fuels, chemicals, polymers and more, new and more efficient catalytic materials and processes must be developed. A...

August 2014

Wayne State study shows cognitive-behavioral coping skills training has positive effects on rheumatoid arthritis
DETROIT - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a complex autoimmune disease that affects 1 to 2 percent of adults, requires patients to not only cope with pain, disability and joint disfigurements, but also...
Wayne State chemistry professor Stephanie Brock named American Chemical Society Fellow
Wayne State University Chemistry professor Stephanie Brock, a Ferndale resident, is among a select group of scientists to be named to the prestigious 2014 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows...
Wayne State professor named to the Water Environment Research Foundation research council
DETROIT - A professor from Wayne State University's College of Engineering has been named to the research council of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), the leading independent...
‘Science’ features advances in understanding of preterm birth and discoveries made at Perinatology Research Branch of NIH, Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center
DETROIT - The Aug. 15 edition of the prestigious journal Science features a major article about the most important problem in obstetrics: preterm labor. The article, "Preterm labor: one syndrome...

July 2014

NSF grant supports new concept for manufacturing nanoscale devices being developed at Wayne State University
DETROIT - A professor from Wayne State University's College of Engineering recently received a $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation for the project, "Nanoparticle-directed synthesis of...
Wayne State professor part of team that sequenced genome of African rice to aid in “Green Revolution”
DETROIT - With the world population projected to increase from 7.1 billion to over 9 billion by 2050, there is a need for a second "green revolution" that will create crops with two to three times...
New research at Wayne State will lead to more accurate multi-component system reliability and failure predictions in the auto industry and beyond
DETROIT - A team of researchers from Wayne State University recently received a $350,000 award from the National Science Foundation for the project, "Failure Prediction and Reliability Analysis of...
Fundamental research by Wayne State University is paving the way for development of first vaccine for heart diseases
DETROIT - Researchers at Wayne State University have made a fundamental discovery and, in subsequent collaboration with scientists at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI), are one...
Wayne State professor becomes president of Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
Robert Lisak, M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine professor of neurology, was installed as president of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. The installation took place at the...
Wayne State professor honored by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics for commitment to students
DETROIT - A Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty member has been recognized for his devotion to teaching by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics...
Wayne State professor receives prestigious NSF Early Career award; research to impact public awareness regarding energy and our environment
DETROIT - A Wayne State University professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the agency's most prestigious award for...
Wayne State professor to be honored by the American College of Nutrition for his life-saving research on zinc
DETROIT - The American College of Nutrition (ACN) will honor Ananda Prasad, M.D., Ph.D., Wayne State University distinguished professor of internal medicine, with its 2014 Alexander and Mildred...

June 2014

New research study shows huge savings for health care
DETROIT, Mich., - Recently published findings in Annals of Internal Medicine by Steven Lipshultz, M.D., Wayne State University professor and chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at the...
Creating friendships between African-American and Caucasian couples can reduce prejudice, Wayne State study finds
DETROIT - Recent research findings from Wayne State University show that the physical presence of romantic partners in intergroup friendships - friendships with different racial and ethnic groups...
Wayne State opens Huron to Erie Alliance for Research and Training field station
Wayne State University celebrated the opening of the Huron to Erie Alliance for Research and Training field facilities, otherwise known as HEART, on June 16, 2014. HEART is a collaborative effort...
Wayne State University receives $2.4 million NIH center grant to develop a cleaner, healthier environment in Detroit
Melissa Runge-Morris (Top) & Bengt Arnetz (Bottom) DETROIT - With over $2.4 million in new federal funding, Wayne State University researchers, regional...
Breakthrough study sheds new light on best medication for children with seizures
DETROIT - A recently published clinical study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has answered an urgent question that long puzzled ER pediatricians: Is the drug lorazepam really...
Wayne State embarks on research to examine effects of residential environment on preterm delivery in African American women
DETROIT - High levels of racial disparities in preterm delivery exist, with African Americans having higher rates than non-Hispanic whites. Since traditional risk factors do not fully account for...
Wayne State University licenses technology to new start-up, Detroit Materials, Inc.
DETROIT-The Office of the Vice President for Research at Wayne State University announced today the finalization of a license agreement with a new start-up company, Detroit Materials, Inc., for a...

May 2014

Wayne State University’s technology commercialization operations grows by two
John C. Shallman (Top) & Kennth Massey (Bottom)     DETROIT - Wayne State University's Technology Commercialization Office welcomed John C. Shallman as...
Pioneering Study by Wayne State University Researcher Shows Many Kids with “Cardiomyopathy” Can Regain Heart Health
Newly published findings by nationally recognized pediatric cardiologist Dr. Steven Lipshultz provide "very hopeful" evidence that survivors of often fatal ailment can regain "normal size and...
Grape skin extract may soon be answer to treating diabetes
DETROIT - The diabetes rate in the United States nearly doubled in the past 10 years. Approximately 26 million Americans are now classified as diabetic, stressing an urgent need for safe and...
Breakthrough NIH study by Wayne State University researcher will have major implications for treating pediatric UTIs
DETROIT - A major new pediatric research study led by a Wayne State University researcher, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of...
Wayne State University receives nearly $2 million NIH grant to explore gene expression during early development and its impact on health in adulthood
DETROIT - A team of researchers at Wayne State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Pittsburgh was recently awarded nearly $2 million from the National Institute...

April 2014

Wayne State University awarded Silicon Mechanics' 2014 Research Cluster Grant
High-performance cluster to aid with cutting-edge collaborative research Wayne State University is the recipient of Silicon Mechanics' third Annual Research Cluster Grant, a program in which the...
Stephen M. Lanier appointed as Wayne State University vice president for research
DETROIT - After a nationwide search, Stephen M. Lanier has been appointed Wayne State University's vice president for research, effective June 16, 2014. Lanier is currently the associate provost for...
The future of high-speed rail in the U.S. and beyond
DETROIT - Wayne State University, in partnership with the University of Michigan and Drexel University, has launched a two-and-a-half-year study of the imagination - or l'imaginaire - of high-speed...
Wayne State University receives $1.7 million NIH research award to discover novel treatments for methamphetamine-abuse associated neurotoxicity
DETROIT - A Wayne State University professor recently received a nearly $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to explore whether...

March 2014

Wayne State University receives grant from USGS to advance ecological restoration efforts in the Great Lakes
Donna Kashin (Top) and Jeffery Ram (Bottom)     DETROIT - Foreign mussels hitchhiking to the Great Lakes in the ballast water tanks of international freighters...
Wayne State professor receives prestigious NSF Early Career award; research to impact metro Detroit schools’ astronomy programs
DETROIT - A Wayne State University researcher has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the agency's most prestigious award for up-and-coming...
'Super circles' to lessen rush-hour headaches
DETROIT — While Mother Nature continues to challenge drivers across the country, a team of traffic engineers is working hard on a new way to make rush-hour commutes safer and faster in any...

January 2014

FDA approves new MS treatment regimen developed at Wayne State University
Global research overseen by and conducted at the Wayne State University School of Medicine will immediately change the treatment regimen of millions of multiple sclerosis patients around the...
Research team led by Wayne State discovers single gene in bees separating queens from workers
Discovery may provide key to increasing agricultural economy in Michigan and beyond DETROIT - A research team led by Wayne State University, in collaboration with Michigan State University, has...
Wayne State University research suggests potential treatment for better heart health in patients undergoing hemodialysis
DETROIT - Researchers at Wayne State University have discovered a potential way to improve the lipid profiles in patients undergoing hemodialysis that may prevent cardiovascular disease common in...